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v. sift·ed, sift·ing, sifts
1. To put (flour, for example) through a sieve in order to separate the fine from the coarse particles.
2. To distinguish as if separating with a sieve: sifted the candidates for the job.
3. To apply by scattering through a sieve: sift sugar on a dessert.
4. To examine and sort carefully: sift the evidence.
1. To make use of a sieve.
2. To pass through a sieve: a meal that sifts easily.
3. To make a careful examination: sifted through back issues of the magazine.
[Middle English siften, from Old English siftan.]
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|Noun||1.||sifting - the act of separating grain from chaff; "the winnowing was done by women"|
separation - sorting one thing from others; "the separation of wheat from chaff"; "the separation of mail by postal zones"
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